While the teaser site for the T-Mobile G2 has been up for quite some time now, HTC, the company actually manufacturing the device, have been quite reticent about its specifications and what’s driving that stock Froyo goodness. Of course, we’ve known of its MSM7230 and various other details for a couple of weeks, but it’s nice to see the official specs solidified on HTC’s website. There are no surprises contained within, but something about the confirmation of what was once nebulous rumour can’t help but bring a warming pulse to every Android’s circuitry.
It’s not uncommon to see the big chains try to get a piece of the smartphone launch action with price reductions by mail-in-rebate. However, the hassle that this process usually entails doesn’t make things all that enticing to customers. Thankfully pre-orders for the G2 aren’t yet open on T-Mobile’s website, so prospective buyers now have the pleasure in knowing they’ll be able to get in instant discount with RadioShack, bringing the price down to $149.99 on a two year contract.
Of course, this is all window-dressing in reality. The real money is made on that brutal 24 month “agreement” you’re signing yourself up for.
TmoNews has scored what could be a leaked internal document on the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch HD. I want to say up front (although this is purely my own opinion) that I think it could be fake. I'm not convinced of that, but I'm certainly not convinced it's real, either. That said, here's what it provides for specs:
- Android 2.2
- "1 GHz Dual Processor"
- 4 GB ROM, 8 GB mSD card included
- 5 MP rear, VGA front cameras
- Looks like HDMI-out of some sort (microHDMI?)
Other features: the front facing camera can obviously be used for video chat over 3G, HSPA+, and Wi-Fi.
Well, it looks like that shortage of AMOLED screens people have been talking about has finally started to affect more devices than just the Nexus One. This snapshot of a Verizon internal memo reveals that the Droid Incredible will, in fact, be making a change from AMOLED to S(uper)LCD:
Basically, this means that the quality of the Droid Incredible's screen is going to go down a little bit. While SLCD is still definitely high-end smartphone worthy (It's what the HTC Desire has in the U.S.), there will be a noticeable difference. The upside? You'll actually be able to get a Droid Incredible.
Welcome to part 2 of my article series centered around getting that precious time between charges of your Android devices to be as long as possible. I'm reviewing EVO 4G products because that's the handset I personally own, but there is nothing stopping you from extrapolating my findings and exploring similar products made for your own devices.
The EVO comes with a battery containing a similar or maybe slightly larger amount of juice than most phones - 1500mAh. A portable powerhouse, my EVO can eat through its full charge long before the day ends, especially if I'm using my favorite WiFi tethering app for a few hours.
One of the most common complaints about the recent builds of CyanogenMod 6 has been that Nexus One owners’ GPS would suddenly take ages to get a fix or wouldn't get a fix at all. The most frequent solution posted has been to change your Mobile Network APN type to “default,supl” to enable A-GPS through your cellular network. However, for some people this still didn’t solve the problem, including myself.
Well, today on the CM forums, user kursed posted a fix that may be the end of many frustrated N1-ers’ woes. The fix involves resetting your location data using GPS Status with your SIM card removed, getting a fix, and then restarting your phone with the SIM inserted and getting a fix again.
If you read our review of the HTC Desire, you'll already know that the physical design of the phone is hardly the first thing that needs to be changed.
Regardless, we can't complain about the changes HTC is rumored to be making here:
Yep, what we're looking at is a white version of the Desire, and even though I'm not exactly known to go crazy over white gadgets (especially when they're phones), I've got to admit this one's pretty hot.
As you can see, HTC is also making a silver (and possibly aluminum!) version of the Wildfire. While not as exciting as the white Desire, it's still something to look forward to...if, that is, you live in the UK, for Android Community informs us that the two devices will be sold exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse, a UK-only retailer.
This morning, T-Mobile sent out the press release officially announcing the T-Mobile G2. The release mentioned that the phone would be available for pre-order in limited quantites for existing T-Mobile customers later this month - but that doesn't quite jibe with the fact that Best Buy's pre-sale begins tomorrow for a very reasonable $200 (with 2 year contract, obviously). They even mention an official release date: October 6.
The specs are in the announcement link and picture above, but in case you're too lazy to read, here's a brief rehash:
800 MHz CPU (new Snapdragon architecture)
3.7" 480x800 screen
Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
Personally, I'm just waiting to see how that new Snapdragon CPU stacks up to its higher-clocked siblings, and how well it overclocks.
What may be surprising is that there are not one, but two of these widgets: a widget that shows the messages you have in your inbox:
as well as the same widget for managing your Voice settings that was leaked a few weeks ago:
What may be an even bigger surprise is that Google has now made both of these widgets available to non-G2 devices through the Android Market. The widgets are available today via an update to the existing Google Voice app and allow users to:
- See messages in their inbox (Inbox Widget)
- Open the full Google Voice app by clicking the Google Voice icon (both widgets)
- Compose and send text messages (Settings Widget)
- Change dialing preferences (Settings)
- Enter "Do Not Disturb" mode to send calls straight to Voicemail (Settings)
- See credit balance (Settings)
Google Voice has always been a great service (and certainly one that I and other members of the Android Police team use on a daily basis), and it looks like it just got quite a bit better for owners of just about any Android device.
T-Mobile sent out a press release this morning to officially announce the G2. We've been hearing about (and seeing) the G2 for some time now, especially in the past few weeks. Now, however, we have the official word - and it seems to confirm most of what we've heard.
- MSM7230 CPU @ 800 MHz
- 3.7" screen
- Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
- 720p video recording (with automatic upload to Photobucket - nifty)
- 5 MP Camera with LED flash and autofocus
- 8 GB mSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32 GB cards)
- 4 GB ROM
Interestingly, T-Mobile says existing customers will have first dibs at the device - an interesting move considering how many customers a new high-end phone can bring in, but understandable for customer loyalty.